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Leaks, accusations and staff shuffle: Turmoil inside DHS

Jun. 26, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaks. Pointed accusations. A top official's resignation. And above all, increasingly dire conditions for migrants — those who make it across the border and those who fail, as captured in the searing images of a father clutching his child, both drowned , on the banks of the Rio...

Tech giants face questions on hate speech going into debates

Jun. 26, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter faced questioning by a House panel Wednesday on their efforts to stanch terrorist content and viral misinformation on their social media platforms. The scrutiny comes as the tech giants step up safety measures to prevent disinformation online...

Customs says hack exposed traveler, license plate images

Jun. 10, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a "major privacy breach." The federal agency did not name the subcontractor whose computer network was...

Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

Jun. 10, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli will oversee U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting...

Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

Jun. 1, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi. Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in...

House hearing grows heated over migrant children's deaths

May. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, an accusation the acting head of the Homeland Security Department called "appalling." The brouhaha came at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the budget for...